Please note this permissive route is currently 'dead-ended' pending HS2 possession and due to closure of an unsafe service bridge over the route at O/S grid reference SP 26106 76492. near Berkswell. There is no alternative route through.
Access is still available up to this point. We apologise for any inconvenience.
The Greenway, as well as being a linear Country Park, is a permissive bridleway which means that it can be used by pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders. Kissing gates have been installed to prevent unauthorised access by motorbikes, and horse-riders will need to obtain an annual permit (see below) to ride on the Greenway.
The track is segregated with a natural grass track for horses and a firm track – made from recycled materials and Derbyshire limestone – for other users. The route is open from Abbey Fields to the University of Warwick and from the A429 Coventry Road to the closed over the bridge.
Lay-by at Crackley Lane Bridge. Paid parking at Abbey Fields (Warwick District Council)
There are a wide range of activities along this greenway.
The nearest toilets are at Abbey Fields.
Please phone 02476 305 592 for more details.
Barbecues and fires
Barbecues and fires are not allowed, but picnics are welcome.
The railway branch line from Berkswell to Kenilworth Junction was opened in 1884. It effectively provided a short cut avoiding Coventry for freight trains heading south. Rumour has it that it was used in the war for the transport of munitions and the siding at Berkswell, left when the track was lifted in the 1960s, was used for ‘parking’ the Royal Train when the Queen visited the area. Later, even the siding was removed to make way for a station car park.
Left to itself, the old railway became a wildlife corridor. Hawthorn, birch and other plants quickly took hold and softened the edges, animals and birds found cover for dens and nests. People also found a traffic free route to and from Crackley Wood where, if you were quiet, you might see a fox.
Warwickshire County Council took ownership of the route in the 70’s but apart from work to clear a wider path, it was left to the walkers and the wildlife.